The 5th round of the GCC Summer Series took place at the picturesque Eastern Gardens circuit along the Geelong waterfront. Unfortunately wind and rain affected the circuit making conditions particularly tough for A and C grades that started later in the morning.
Saturday saw the first GCC race ever run at Ocean Grove. The rain held back to produce almost prefect conditions at the industrial estate on Sinclair St just off Grubb Road. The course proved absolutely ideal with fast flowing racing over a 600 metre lap. All competitors enjoyed the action on silky smooth wide open roads closed to traffic.
How it Happened...
In racing results Paul Nyko took victory for the second week in a row ahead of young guns Blake Hose and Oliver Kent-Spark. Blake broke away from the rest of the A grade field early with Nick Squillari. Oliver Kent Spark and Paul Nyko then joined them several laps later to form a quadet off the front that went onto lap the rest of the field. Paul then got the jump on his fellow break away companions to take the win reasonably convincingly.
In B grade racing stayed together for most of their 40 minute session. In the end Nick Kennedy proved to strong in the sprint to easily hold off Erik Holt and Grant Blake.
C grade saw some aggressive racing with the bunch splitting in half early on in the proceedings. The front runners including Colin Smith, Jamie Leigh Edwards and James Stokie all worked hard to distances themselves from the rest of the field. In the end it came down to an eight man (and one woman) sprint with Simon Diderrich just edging out Zac Madden and Jamie Leigh Edwards.
Simon's third win for the season in C grade moves him into the lead of the GCC Summer Series with 36 points. He leads Paul Nyko on 34 and Erik Holt on 29.
More points will be offer next week with racing at Eastern Gardens, kicking off 9.00am Sunday December 18. Watch this space for more information.
Paul Nyko has taken his first victory for the 2011/2012 Summer Criterium season, winning A grade on the weekend ahead of Nick Squallari and Tom Paton. The three broke away part way through proceedings to dominate the race. In the end, Paul's explosive speed was enough to finish the job over his break away companions, Nick and Tom.
In B grade, rising star Eric Holt took a well earnt victory ahead of Grant Blake and Scott Simon. In C Grade, Simon Diderrich took his second victory of the season winning ahead of Philip Millar and youngster William Key.
With two wins this seaon, Simon Diderrich leads the Summer Series with 24 points and a 2 point margin over A grade's Paul Nyko on 22 and a further 2 points to Tom Bastion and Grant Blake on 20. The Series prize includes $1000 in prize money and is just starting to heat up.
The Summer Series continues this Saturday with a twilight Criterium in Ocean Grove starting at 5.30pm. Watch this space for more details.